'''Charlotte Brontë''' (, ''commonly'' ;
[As given by ''Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature'' (Merriam-Webster, incorporated, Publishers: Springfield, Massachusetts, 1995), p viii: "When our research shows that an author's pronunciation of his or her name differs from common usage, the author's pronunciation is listed first, and the descriptor ''commonly'' precedes the more familiar pronunciation." See also entries on Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, pp 175–176.]
21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë family|Brontë
sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature
. She first published her works (including her best known novel, ''Jane Eyre
'') under the pen name '''Currer Bell'''.